Trend Micro's Q2 Security Round Up Highlights Need for Comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy to Keep Information Secure

 Trend Micro's Q2 Security Round Up Highlights Need for Comprehensive  Cybersecurity Strategy to Keep Information Secure  Heartbleed, Windows XP and Adobe Flash expose systemic shortcomings  OTTAWA, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Cyber threats, data breaches and high-risk  vulnerabilities have continued to dominate the first half of 2014 as seen in  Trend Micro Incorporated's (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) second quarter security  roundup report, "Turning the Tables on Cybercrime: Responding to Evolving  Cybercrime Tactics." The severity of these attacks intensified against  financial and banking institutions as well as retail outlets. Total attacks  have exposed more than 10 million personal records as of July 2014 and  strongly indicate the need for organizations to adopt a more strategic  approach to safeguarding digital information.  These incident attacks in the second quarter affecting consumer's personal  information included theft of data such as customer names, passwords, email  addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. These types of  personal privacy breaches have affected organization's sales and earnings  while leaving customers unable to access accounts and dealing with service  disruption. As a result many countries have begun developing stricter privacy  and data collection policies to begin dealing with this problem.  As of July 15, 2014, more than 400 data breach incidents have been reported,  creating the need for organizations to identify and understand their core data  in order to protect and build an effective defense strategy to keep them  secure. A change in mindset, organizations initially need to determine which  information they regard as "core data" before devising a plan on how to  protect it.  "Organizations must treat information security as a primary component of a  long-term business strategy rather than handling security issues as tertiary,  minor setbacks," said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro."Similar to having a  business strategy to improve efficiency, a well-thought-out security strategy  should also improve current protection practices that achieve long-term  benefits. The incidents observed during this quarter further establish the  need for a more comprehensive approach to security."  Highlights of the report include:        --  Critical vulnerabilities created havoc among information         security professionals and the public: High-risk         vulnerabilities affected various components of Internet         browsing and Web services, including server-side libraries,         OSs, mobile apps and browsers.     --  Escalation in the severity & volume of attacks: The severity of         attacks against organizations highlighted the importance of         incident response planning and organization-wide security         awareness.     --  Cybercriminals counter online banking and mobile platform         developments: Deployment of mobile ransomware and two-factor         authentication-breaking malware has emerged in response to         technological developments in the online banking and mobile         platforms.     --  Digital Life and Internet of Everything (IOE) improved way of         life with emerging vulnerabilities: The 2014 FIFA World Cup         held in Brazil was one of the most popular sporting events in         recent history. As such, users faced various threats related to         the event--one of the most widely used social engineering hooks         this quarter.     --  Global law enforcement partnerships lead to arrests: By sharing         research findings with law enforcement agencies, financial loss         prevention from cybercrime has proven effective.  "The reported attacks in the second quarter reveal that the wide spectrum of  cyber threats can have a disastrous impact globally," said JD Sherry, vice  president of technology and solutions, Trend Micro. "Implementing a strategic  incident response plan by forging collaborations, both internally and  externally, will provide agencies and industries the resources to respond and  protect against current threats to information security."  For the complete report, please visit: pt-turning-the-tables-on-cyber-attacks.pdf  A blog post regarding the report can be viewed here:  About Trend Micro Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in security  software, strives to make the world safe for exchanging digital information.  Built on 25 years of experience, our solutions for consumers, businesses and  governments provide layered data security to protect information on mobile  devices, endpoints, gateways, servers and the cloud. Trend Micro enables the  smart protection of information, with innovative security technology that is  simple to deploy and manage, and fits an evolving ecosystem. All of our  solutions are powered by cloud-based global threat intelligence, the Trend  Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure, and are supported by more  than 1,200 threat experts around the globe.  For more information, visit    SOURCE  Trend Micro Canada  Media Contact: Claire M. 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